Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus re-elected as WHO Director-General

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Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has been re-elected to this position for a second term of five years.

  • During the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva, he was confirmed to be re-elected as Director General and his second term will start from 16 August 2022.

  • Earlier Dr. Tadros was named Director General of WHO on 23 May 2017.

  • His name was proposed by the Ethiopian government. He also served as the Minister of Health in the Ethiopian government.

  • WHO Director General's Appointment Process

  • According to the constitution of the World Health Organisation, all member countries propose names for the post of Director General. A time limit is fixed for this.

  • This time the election process started in April, 2021 after which the deadline for submission of proposal was fixed on April 23, 2021.

  • In this election process by the World Health Organization, secret ballot is conducted from all the member countries.

  • Any person can be appointed Director General of the World Health Organisation twice and his term is five years.

  • Major Institutions and their Headquarters




World Trade


Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Geneva, Switzerland

International Labour Organisation

Guy Ryder

Geneva, Switzerland

International Monetary Fund

Kristalina Georgieva

Washington, D.C.

  • About WHO

  • The World Health Organisation is an organisation for mutual cooperation on the health related problems of the countries of the world and for developing human understanding related to health.

  • Established- April 7, 1948

  • Headquarters- Geneva, Switzerland

  • Director General- Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus

  • Deputy Director General- Soumya Swaminathan

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